KSrelief assistant general supervisor meets IOM delegation

KSrelief assistant general supervisor meets IOM delegation
Officials from King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center on Tuesday met with a delegation from the International Organization for Migration in Riyadh and discussed relief and humanitarian affairs. (Supplied)
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Updated 04 November 2021

KSrelief assistant general supervisor meets IOM delegation

KSrelief assistant general supervisor meets IOM delegation
  • Officials discuss humanitarian projects implemented by KSrelief in cooperation with IOM
  • Two sides also discuss relief and humanitarian affairs and other joint projects

RIYDAH: Ahmed bin Ali Al-Baiz, assistant general supervisor for operations and programs at the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center on Tuesday met with a delegation from the International Organization for Migration.

Carmela Godeau, IOM’s Middle East and North Africa regional director, headed the delegation during the meeting at the KSrelief headquarters in Riyadh.

Al-Baiz highlighted the humanitarian projects implemented by KSrelief, in cooperation with IOM, that aim to provide the world’s refugees and displaced persons with aid.

During the meeting, the two parties also discussed KSrelief efforts to support the displaced Rohingya people in Bangladesh and Malaysia with shelter, protection, education, and healthcare. Yemeni refugees of Djibouti’s Abkh refugee camp and Syrian refugees were also discussed.

The two sides also discussed their joint projects along with means to boost bilateral cooperation. Godeau commended the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts and the important role it is playing in its partnership with IOM.


Saudi foreign minister discusses cooperation, security with UN’s Guterres in New York

Saudi foreign minister discusses cooperation, security with UN’s Guterres in New York
Updated 24 September 2022

Saudi foreign minister discusses cooperation, security with UN’s Guterres in New York

Saudi foreign minister discusses cooperation, security with UN’s Guterres in New York
  • Guterres expressed his gratitude for the Kingdom’s continuous efforts to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Saturday met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of cooperation between the Kingdom and the UN, in addition to discussing the latest international developments and efforts to enhance international peace and security.
Guterres expressed his gratitude for the Kingdom’s efforts to achieve a truce between the parties to the crisis in Yemen, and the Kingdom’s continuous efforts to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis.
The meeting was attended by the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasel, and the Director-General of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Rahman Al-Daoud.


German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives in Jeddah, meets Saudi Crown Prince

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives in Jeddah, meets Saudi Crown Prince
Updated 24 September 2022

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives in Jeddah, meets Saudi Crown Prince

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives in Jeddah, meets Saudi Crown Prince

RIYADH: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah where he begins a two-day tour of the Gulf region.

A German official announced that Scholz will discuss several economic and political matters of interest to the region with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The German chancellor will also visit the UAE and Qatar.

Scholz, who will return to Berlin on Sunday evening, is accompanied by a large delegation that includes representatives of several economic sectors.

 


Saudi Arabia brings new experiences to Tourism Expo in Japan

Saudi Arabia brings new experiences to Tourism Expo in Japan
Updated 24 September 2022

Saudi Arabia brings new experiences to Tourism Expo in Japan

Saudi Arabia brings new experiences to Tourism Expo in Japan
  • The Saudi booth is providing visitors with a glimpse of the Kingdom's unique cultural and landscape heritage

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has an exciting array of experiences on offer on the first day of the opening of Japan Tourism expo. 

At, Tokyo Big Sight, the Saudi booth is providing visitors with a glimpse of its own unique cultural and landscape heritage through hands on experiences. 

The expo is held as Japan hopes to revive the tourism industry which has been sluggish since the pandemic and the strict policy of closed doors to all foreigners, and only recently allowing a very limited number to enter. 

At the Saudi Arabia booth, visitors are warmly invited to discover the mysterious charms of the country such as the city of Jeddah, which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Exhibitors in national costume invite visitors to stay for a moment of relaxation with tea served in the traditional way.

Visitors can also take selfies in front of a virtual landscape that they will have previously selected using a QR code available on the stand, and imagine that they are standing in the desert.

Nouf Alhasoun, Assistant Manager of Asia Pacific at the Saudi Tourism Authority told  Arab News Japan that it was now possible to organize special trips to the Medina city for Japanese tourists. 

The organizers of the show hope to welcome more than 150,000 visitors over three days.


Saudi FM: Yemen truce ‘must be extended’ but signs not positive

Saudi FM: Yemen truce ‘must be extended’ but signs not positive
Updated 24 September 2022

Saudi FM: Yemen truce ‘must be extended’ but signs not positive

Saudi FM: Yemen truce ‘must be extended’ but signs not positive
  • ‘The indications we are seeing from the Houthis are that they do not intend to cooperate’: Prince Faisal bin Farhan
  • ‘We are of course committed to a resolution of this conflict, but if we have to defend ourselves we will’

RIYADH: The truce in Yemen must be extended, but the actions of the Houthi militia seem to indicate they do not want to lengthen the ceasefire beyond its expiry, the Saudi foreign minister said on Friday.

“We think it must be extended. However, the signs are not positive at this point,” said Prince Faisal bin Farhan. “Unfortunately, the indications we are seeing from the Houthis are that they do not intend to cooperate in an extension.”

He said the Iran-backed militia had failed to fulfil the commitments of the current agreement, and have now put forward demands that are unreasonable.

“I am very concerned by these developments because we will lose the momentum,” he added. “We are fully engaged with the UN representative and with others who are trying to convince the Houthis to extend the truce. Right now, the indications are worrying.”

A truce between the Houthis and the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen was brokered by the UN in April and is set to end on Oct. 2. 

The truce has brought a semblance of normality for Yemenis, and has enabled the government to begin providing more services to the public.

Addressing the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Rashad Mohammed Al-Alimi, chairman of Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council, said diplomacy has been wasted on the Houthis, who have repeatedly disregarded their treaty commitments.

Prince Faisal said the truce had created the possibility for wider peace in Yemen. “We have an opportunity here to build on a truce to work towards a permanent ceasefire, towards political dialogue. It is hard for me to understand why the Houthis would turn this down,” he said, adding that the militia’s proposals indicate “that they are looking for an excuse.”

The build-up of armaments as well as probing attacks on the frontlines by Houthi fighters indicate that they are seriously considering not renewing the truce, he told France 24 in New York.

When asked if war was back on the horizon in Yemen, he said: “Unfortunately, this seems to be what the Houthis want.”

The foreign minister reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to finding a political solution to the conflict in Yemen, but said his country will do what is needed to defend its people if the Houthis return to hostilities.

“We are of course committed to a resolution of this conflict. We are committed primarily to a truce but, of course, if we have to defend ourselves we will,” he said.


Saudi crown prince, US officials discuss energy security

Saudi crown prince, US officials discuss energy security
Updated 24 September 2022

Saudi crown prince, US officials discuss energy security

Saudi crown prince, US officials discuss energy security
  • US officials thanked the crown prince for his mediation efforts that resulted in the release of two Americans captured by Russia

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US officials discussed energy security on Friday.

Brett McGurk, US National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, and Amos Hochstein, senior advisor for energy security, met the crown prince in Jeddah.
They also discussed “investment in the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.
They and US Special Envoy to Yemen Tim Lenderking also discussed the latest developments in Yemen.
The US officials thanked the crown prince for his mediation efforts that resulted in the release of two Americans captured by Russia during the war in Ukraine.
On Wednesday, mediation sponsored by the crown prince led to the release of 10 prisoners from various countries as part of an exchange of captives.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry said the mediation was part of the crown prince’s efforts to adopt humanitarian initiatives toward the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan confirmed on Friday that the crown prince had engaged directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin to secure the prisoners’ release.